In an interview with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night, Eric Trump said that Democrats are “trying to milk” the coronavirus for everything that it’s worth in an effort to put the blame on his father, President Donald Trump. The younger Trump said that “it’s sad” to see Democrats use the coronavirus to their political advantage instead of working with the White House for the good of public health and the economy.
“My father as commander-in-chief has one of the hardest decisions I think any president in history has had,” Eric said. “You have to weigh the safety of the public versus, you know, our economy and opening up America. We are the economic powerhouse of the entire world, Jeanine. And, you know, he’s got to weigh that. But America does have to get back to work and Americans also want to get back to work.”
Eric also went in on Joe Biden, telling Pirro that the Democratic nominee is having a field day with the advantages that the coronavirus has provided his campaign.
“Biden loves this,” he said. “Biden can’t go on stage without making some horrible blunder. I mean, even from his basement, he’s making awful gaffes every single day. So his campaign is thrilled that he’s not going out there. And they think they’re taking away Donald Trump’s greatest tool, which is being able to go into an arena and fill it with 50,000 people every single time.
“So they will, and you watch, they’ll milk it every single day between now and Nov. 3,” he predicted. “And guess what? After Nov. 3, coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen. They’re trying to deprive him of his greatest asset, which is the fact that the American people love him. The fact that he’s relatable, the fact that he can go out there and draw massive crowds.”
Eric Trump said that the media was also playing its part in turning the coronavirus into a story of ill will against the president.
“They’re actually stoking fear in this country,” he said. “They’re doing a massive disservice. They’re being totally disingenuous about the whole thing. But they’re doing it for one reason. They want to hurt Trump.”
The only silver lining to this is that it’s almost certainly going to backfire. Democrats have allowed Republicans to be the Party of Getting Back to Normal, and that’s going to prove fatal for their electoral chances in November. It’s never a wise idea to cede the ground of optimism to your political opponents. But then, Democrats have been short on wise ideas for quite some time.